Public option really, truly, probably dead
By Ben Pershing
Unless this is a horror movie -- and at this point, it might be -- it appears that the public option is really, truly dead. Probably.
After Joe Lieberman drew a line in the sand over the weekend, Senate Democrats met Monday to chart the way forward on health reform, as leaders appear ready to jettison the last vestige of a public option: the Medicare buy-in for those aged 55-64. After the gathering, the Associated Press reports, Harry Reid "did not say flatly that Democrats had decided to drop the proposal for uninsured Americans as young as 55 to purchase coverage under Medicare. But several senators said it appeared inevitable, and liberals sounded resigned to it." Lieberman, for his part, said he was "encouraged about the direction these talks are going." The New York Times ledes: "Just the thought of Joseph I. Lieberman makes some Democrats want to spit nails these days. But Mr. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, is not the least troubled by his status as Capitol Hill's master infuriator -- and on Monday he showed how powerful that role can be at a time when Democrats cannot spare a single vote."
December 15, 2009; 8:26 AM ET
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